Passionate Living at 42

This week is my birthday week and I have no idea how I will celebrate it. I didn’t think about, just didn’t realize that it was coming. I’ve been so head down in work and my business that it didn’t occur to me that I should be celebrating. Not that 42 is some big accomplishment for most people but for me it is the greatest gift I could have received, as is every birthday that I celebrate. But I feel as if this particular birthday in this particular year is a bit more special. It is the realization of where my life is now, remembering where I’ve been, and the anticipation of where this life is taking me. I realize that it is our obligation, our duty to live a life well-lived; a life with passion and purpose and if we do not know what that passion or purpose is, we also have the responsibility to search it out. For so many birthdays I lived life on the edge of spontaneity, nothing was concrete, nothing certain. I lived in an unknown void. But luckily I grew out of that void and discovered the passion and purpose that has brought me to today, to this particular birthday, where everything I am, everything I’ve built up until now is something very special. I celebrate my successes in my business, why can I not celebrate the life that is me. So, what will I do this birthday? Well, I’ve decided, whatever I want to do as long as it’s a celebration!

xoxo, laportsia

New Adventures, New Business

Finding my passion was something that eluded me for so long. I was never sure which direction to go and what I really wanted out of life. Then one day I took a long hard look at the path I was on and decided that it just was not for me and something needed to change. I changed, I experimented with a number of different paths thinking these were the right paths for me. I went back to school to obtain a Master’s degree but after finally deciding on a program, I knew it was not for me. Then I read the book that literally put me on the path that I am on now. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. The book not only inspired me to want to start my own business but put me on the path that I was sure I was meant to walk down. If you haven’t read this book, it is a must for anyone wanting to live a passion filled life. I took so much from it that I immediately started devouring all types of content on starting my own business. Now this was not the first time that I had attempted to start my own business. My first adventure into business ownership was in my early twenties, but then I did not have the wherewithal to work hard and strive for business success because everyone and everything around me said that that was not how it was done. I gave it up. But that early passion for having my own business never went away and followed me all the way to now where I not only find myself with one business but now two. The decision to start a new business adventure was one driven by a need and desire to live my ideal life on my own terms. I wanted a life of my own choosing. I manifested the courage to put myself out on a new adventure fraught with uncertainty because the opportunity to help others resonates very strongly with me and brings me joy like I’ve never known. I made the decision, came up with a name, and built a website. And love girl pink media was born. My main goal for this business is to empower women, give them the necessary inspiration and tools they need to live a passion filled life of their own choosing. Sure, there are a million coaches out there for business, career and personal development; how does my business stand out from the rest? It stands out because I have my own unique techniques for empowering women, my individual knowledge and experiences of the past forty-one years gives me an edge and an advantage. Do I purport to having all the answers? Absolutely not, but I guarantee that I will find the answer if you ask. Nevertheless, I took the leap of faith because it fills me with nothing but satisfaction to help another. As I continue to grow both of my businesses, I know that determination is my cornerstone to this passionate life.

xoxo, laportsia

My Passionate Life

This is me…

…and this is my passionate life.

What does it mean to have a passionate life, to live the life of your dreams? What it means is peace of mind. It means a contentment you cannot find anywhere else except from where it radiates from deep inside of you. Does it mean the perfect day or the perfect job? Not necessarily, because even the most successful people in the world have a bad day every one in a while. It is what you decide to do with that day that makes all the difference in whether you are living passionately or not. I've learned it is all about the mindset; what you choose to think about your life from day to day. When I first started Pend Publishing I had nothing but doubts, but I knew it was the path that I wanted to walk down and I had to make that passion my purpose if I wanted to live the remarkable life I had always dreamed of. So I launched it, before anything was concrete, I had a name and a website, the only thing I didn't have were clients. So I knew I needed to hustle, where do I find these clients, are they on Facebook, on Twitter, Instagram? I did ads and marketed the business the best I could, but I was flopping still. Then I reached out to a marketing company to help me market this flailing business and came to realize that I had no clue who my ideal client was. Who were they, who was the man or woman who would need my services. And I literally had no clue. So I took a step back, reexamined the business I was trying to build, and began building instead the perfect client. Who were they, were they smart? Were they ambitious? Where did they live? What were their hobbies? Etc. And only after that did my business begin to make sense to me again. Then did the hustle feel right. And the passion returned, my purpose became clear and I started living the life I knew I was capable of living. This is me, living a passionate life.

Next time: New Adventures, New Business

xoxo,
laportsia

7 Actionable Items to Help You Achieve Your Goals

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Goal setting is key to living the life that you have always dreamed about. Whether you are 17 or 57, if you are not practicing this actionable items below, it will be highly difficult to achieve your goals. Starting with the very basic items, just imagine how far you can go.

1. Decide what you want
How do you decide what it is that you want? First, dig deep and inventory all of your greatest desires. What if money and education were not obstacles, what would you would want to achieve? Deciding what you want is the birthplace of goal achieving and living a remarkable and well-lived life.

2. Write down your goals
Once you have decided what you want, write those goals and desires down. Writing goals down etches them into your brain and starts your brain on the path of trying to figure out how to achieve them. The steps and process will come much simpler if you can see your goals in the flesh.

3. Be realistic in your goal setting
Be weary of setting unreasonable or unrealistic goals, if the goal is unreasonable or unrealistic, it will be harder to see the end result. The brain will not be able to process the actionable steps needed to walk towards the goal. The path to achievement will be fraught with obstacles so big that you will not only fail to complete the goal but will give up on the goal out of sheer frustration and anguish.

4. Make goals clear and concise
When making your goals it is very important to ensure that they are not vague or the execution of those goals will be harder to achieve. Clear and concise goals are one of the cornerstones in the process of taking actionable steps towards the achievement of your goals.

5. Set reasonable deadlines
When you set a goal, you must also give that goal a deadline or the process may not become actionable because there is no end date in sight and nothing concrete to strive towards.

6. Eliminate self-doubt
Being confident in your goals and in their eventual achievement can only come if you eliminate self-doubt. Self-doubt brings unnecessary obstacles and frustrations to the achievement of your goals.

7. Be self-disciplined
The achievement of goals require a strong skill in self-discipline. If you have no self-discipline, it will be impossible to accomplish the steps needed to achieve the goal. Self-discipline is a skill that is given strength through consistent practice and sacrifice. It is a matter of saying no to things that do not propel you further towards achieving your goals and doing the things that you need to do to accomplish your goals even when you do not feel like doing them.

These 7 items are far from the end of the inexhaustible list of items and steps you will need to achieve your goals, but they are a start. Start here and you will be on the right path to a well-lived life.

Welcome

Welcome to my rebranded blog and the launch of my newest business venture, love girl pink media. Here I will explore and talk about empowerment, and development and strategies for living your ideal life. Not an original idea, you say, of course not at all, but I will provide a unique and valuable perspective that will help you go from dreaming to really living the life of your choosing. I hope you will join me in this conversation of passion and entrepreneurship.

xoxo,
laportsia